Gain specialized expertise in business and individual financial management for introductory careers in accounting, auditing, and tax preparation. 

Tuition: 39794*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based and Online
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Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Jan, Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully as business professionals
  • Apply business principles, theories, skills and best practices in their professional role
  • Record financial transactions for sole proprietorships, partnerships, private enterprises, publicly accountable enterprises and non-profit organizations
  • Prepare and present financial statements, and reports for sole proprietorships, partnerships and private enterprises
  • Apply fundamental management accounting and financial management concepts to assist with the decision-making in an organization
  • Use accounting software to perform accounting, payroll and tax remittance functions in a computerized format
  • Prepare individual income tax returns and provide basic tax planning advice in compliance with the Canadian Income Tax Act
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving techniques to make sound management decisions and recommendations
  • Apply principles of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and ethics in their work as business professionals

What to expect

The courses will be presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources and activities including lectures, case studies, discussions, presentations, and individual and group work.  Courses have been designed with learner centred approaches that promotes collaboration and student engagement.  

Accounting classes will be actively supported by computerized accounting lab activities using the latest industry standard software.  

Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Detail-oriented
  • Well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills
  • An interest in the field of business and commerce
  • Good basic computer literacy
  • A strong sense of ethics, integrity and accountability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with others in a diverse team environment

Courses *

Classes may be scheduled during the daytime, as well as evenings or weekends. Students will receive their schedules before classes begin. There are no classes in the Spring/Summer term (May to August).

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.

PLAR is available for the following courses:

  • MGMT 1001 Business Mathematics
  • MGMT 1021 Computer Applications for Management

Only 6 credits of this program may be completed by PLAR. Methods for assessing prior learning may include exams, portfolios, interviews, and other evaluations.

Please contact the Department for details.  If PLAR is successful, transcripts will reflect an ‘S’ grade (satisfactorily completed), which is not included in grade point average (GPA) calculations. See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

11000 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 39794
Student union283
College initiative183
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource398
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 570
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 736
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

Apply now

Jan 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024
Sep 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
Apply to VCC international programs online. Check the application availability status for your desired program and intake before applying.

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